Saturday, October 31, 2009

Feast of All Souls

On November 2nd, the Church celebrates the Feast of All Souls. On this day we celebrate and pray for all the souls of the faithful who have departed from this world, including the souls in Purgatory who are in the process of being purified for heaven. To celebrate this feast day, here are some ideas: Attend mass and pray for and remember those loved ones who have passed Read Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story, by Susan Brindle Bring out family albums and heirlooms and tell stories about deceased family members Make or buy doughnuts as they are linked to this feast day as "soul cakes." To read more about soul cakes, visit Catholic Cuisine. Here is an easy and delicious way to make doughnuts at home:

Homemade Doughnuts
biscuit dough - ready to use or from scratch small circle cookie cutter or circle of any kind (like a medicine cup) 1/4 - 1/2 cup cooking oil - vegetable or canola tongspaper towels cinnamon and sugar mix and/or powdered sugar frosting (optional)
Open the biscuit can and spread all the rolls out. Then using your cutter, press out a donut hole right in the middle. Then get your pan on medium heat with 1/4 - 1/2 cup oil. Depending on how many you make, you will need more oil. You want enough oil to cover half of the donut when cooking. Place 3-4 doughy donuts into the pan and leave until the bottom is golden brown (2-3 minutes). Don't do anything else but watch these, as they cook fast and don't want them to burn. Then turn them over and cook another minute or so. Using tongs, place the cooked donut on paper towels to drain and cool slightly. Then get your pan on medium heat with 1/4 - 1/2 cup oil. Depending on how many you make, you will need more oil. You want enough oil to cover half of the donut when cooking. Now place the donuts on a plate and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar or cover with frosting.

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